2018 July Featured Member of the Month: Tim Trudell
Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:00 PM

Tim Trudell

Tim Trudell has been a journalist, manager and project manager in his life. However, he has returned to his roots as a writer. Based in Omaha, Tim, along with his wife Life, writes the travel blog The Walking Tourists (www.thewalkingtourists.com). Tim worked in community newspaper before leaving the industry for hotel sales. Throughout his other careers, he stayed interested in writing and even covered sports part-time for an Omaha-area newspaper. Today, he and Lisa are the authors of “100 Things to Do in Omaha Before You Die,” a bucket list of attractions and restaurants in the Metro area. Tim is currently working on their next book, “Unique Eats and Eateries of Omaha.” He has written pieces for military-related publications and travel guides. Tim is working on expanding his freelance writing as a full-time business.

Tim is a Nebraska native. He is a member of the Santee Sioux tribe, and has included his heritage in some articles relating to Midwest attractions that have a personal connection, such as his great-great grandparents being imprisoned at Minnesota’s Fort Snelling in the 1860s following the US-Dakota war.

Tim and Lisa have two daughters from his first marriage – Stephanie and Mallory. They are the proud cat parents of a “Psych” team of Gus, Lassiter and Shawn.

What got you in to travel writing?

My wife Lisa and I traveled a lot since we both had worked in the hospitality industry. Posting photos from our trips on Facebook led to people wanting to know about our travels. So, in September 2011 we launched The Walking Tourists travel blog. Our primary goal is to share the Midwest with readers, so we focus on Omaha, the state of Nebraska and the other 13 states that make up the region. We want to share the attractions and food that make the Midwest special, and more than "fly over country."

What’s the most challenging part of travel writing for you?

This is a tough question, because I love travel writing. I would probably say trying to ensure I present an attraction in a way that will pique someone's interest and make them think "Maybe I should go there" or "I didn't know that was there."

What is one thing [equipment or personal item] you can’t go without on the road?

My camera. I've learned I should have it with me at all times. Previously, when I haven't, that's when I see a great photo op. So, I try to ensure I take it with me (though sometimes for short trips I forget). 

What’s your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?

Taking what should have been a 5-hour round trip tour of the North Shore scenic highway between Duluth and the Canadian border near Portage, Minnesota, and turning it into a 14-hour trip. The trees, waterfalls, quaint towns and lakes were so beautiful, of course we had to stop. When they say Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, they're not kidding.  

What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journalist?

Plug away. Keep visiting places and writing. You need to be persistent and committed. You need to realize things don't happen overnight and you need to work for what you want. Write about the off-the-beaten path places and people.

 

Find Tim's work here: https://www.thewalkingtourists.com/

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